Cheeseburn Sculpture Gardens & Gallery
Along winding, country roads you’ll find Cheeseburn: encompassing Cheeseburn Grange Hall, a sprawling home with a rich and diverse history dating back to the 1200s; the sculpture gardens, which have been painstakingly restored by owners, Joanna and Simon Riddell; the Chapel, which dates back to 1820 and plays host to a range of artistic events, and the Stables Gallery, with its ever-changing programme of curated exhibitions.
Open for six weekends a year, Cheeseburn is a see-it-now-or-miss-it-forever affair. “Cheeseburn as a whole is an unusual, yet beautiful, place and it’s a real joy to be able to site sculptures within its many different spaces,” says Matthew Jarratt, Curator at Cheeseburn. The exhibition programme for 2018 showcases new work by emerging North East artists; profiles international craftsmen and explores how new technology is interacting with traditional sculpture techniques.
For its June and July open weekends, Cheeseburn presents a solo exhibition showcasing Chinese artist and master craftsman, Qi Yafeng. Yafeng works from a major studio space near Hong Kong and comes from a family of sculptors, who have been developing specialist fabrication skills for generations. Hand-forged from stainless steel, Yafeng’s sculptures are extraordinarily large-scale; you can’t help but notice them. The exhibition, which will take place in The Stables Gallery, will include new sculpture, installations, photography and a video commission – giving an insight into the artist’s studio practice in South China.
In late-August and early-September, visitors will be able to enjoy a major solo exhibition of sculptures by award-winning artist, Joseph Hillier. By collaborating with Northumbrian dancer, Lizzie J. Klotz, Hillier has developed a truly unique piece of work, showcasing the old and the new. The old: an ancient bronze casting; the new: digital 3D motion capture technology. Don’t miss out on this exclusive commission for Great Northumberland 2018, as it investigates the possibilities of interpretation when describing the motion and expression of the human body.
Plan Your Journey
Although only 10 miles west of Newcastle, Cheeseburn is only accessible by car. Bring the family and make a day of it! There is ample on-site parking available at Cheeseburn, and refreshments are available in the Stables Gallery.
Address: Cheeseburn, Cheeseburn Grange Hall, Stamfordham, Northumberland, NE18 0PT
… Or Why Not Bring a Picnic?
Set in 10 acres on beautiful gardens, Cheeseburn is the perfect place for a picnic. Pick up a map at the beginning, and explore the sculpture trail, stopping off in the grounds of Cheeseburn Grange Hall. A magnificent, grand building – sandwiches at Cheeseburn Grange Hall brings new meaning to ‘lunch with a view.’
Entry to Cheeseburn is with a suggested donation of £5. Cheeseburn is open from 11am – 4pm on: Saturday 30 June; Sunday 1 July; Saturday 7 July; Sunday 8 July; Saturday 25 August; Sunday 26 May; Monday 27 August; Saturday 1 September; Sunday 2 September.